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Old 06-08-2021, 11:02 AM #16
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Ham is not an acronym.

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GMRS is pretty affordable, and if you're going to be legal, the license is for a family and not an individual like HAM. Distance isn't quite what HAM is, but there are more and more repeaters popping up all over to help with that. Seems to be a better, clearer, and further reaching option over CB.

But none of this matters if you're going with a group that has something else. I haven't installed a mobile radio of any kind yet because of this. I do have my HAM license, and there are reasons I like HAM, but I have a couple of GMRS handhelds for going exploring with my kids. Only problem is distance with handhelds... not too far.
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I've run ham previously and planned on doing the same with the 5th gen. Decided to skip a permanent ham installation and install the Midland MXT275 instead because of the benefits described above and because I feel it is going to be more useful when going with groups (much easier to adopt than ham). I'll keep a couple of UV-5R's in the rig in case I run into others who only have ham. Skipping CB altogether.
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Ham is not an acronym.
My apologies. You're right.

I guess I'm just so excited about it, I like to shout it when I say it.
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i have the midland mxt 275 installed on my center console molle panel with the provided magnet mount on the roof for the time being. i am going to install it in the glovebox and run the antenna cable from the roof through the hatch, etc. I am having trouble finding the proper antenna mounting bracket for the 10-13 TE roof rack, so I am waiting to find what I need before installing permanently. also need to decide between the 3db ghost and the 6db whip...

I will basically be combining these two installs:

How to Clean Up Your Dash with this Custom GMRS Radio Installation

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Hidden Midland Radio Step-By-Step Install for 5th Gen 4Runner

I plan to run the antenna cable on the passenger side bc of location of the glovebox. I think it should work out just fine.
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Looks like a great easy clean out of the way spot, i may have to try it. I wanted to run both speakers so i went with a less stealth install. The nice thing about the MXT275 is its so easy to mount in different places.


Ony custom thing i did was use parts from my sons erector set to mount the mic.


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Ony custom thing i did was use parts from my sons erector set to mount the mic.

Poor kid, I can see the look on his face when you raided his set.
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For those of you running the hood antenna mount, are you running the coax through the passenger firewall grommet?

Also, I assume the mount is self-grounding through the set screws, is that right?
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Poor kid, I can see the look on his face when you raided his set.
He's actually 29 now and i am a hoarder of potentially useful stuff.
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For those of you running the hood antenna mount, are you running the coax through the passenger firewall grommet?

Also, I assume the mount is self-grounding through the set screws, is that right?
Yes and yes. The passenger side firewall grommet is going to be easiest way though if you are running a universal mount, the accompanying cable is long enough to bring it in through the opposite side of where the antenna is mounted.
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i have the midland mxt 275 installed on my center console molle panel with the provided magnet mount on the roof for the time being. i am going to install it in the glovebox and run the antenna cable from the roof through the hatch, etc. I am having trouble finding the proper antenna mounting bracket for the 10-13 TE roof rack, so I am waiting to find what I need before installing permanently. also need to decide between the 3db ghost and the 6db whip...

I will basically be combining these two installs:

How to Clean Up Your Dash with this Custom GMRS Radio Installation

and

Hidden Midland Radio Step-By-Step Install for 5th Gen 4Runner

I plan to run the antenna cable on the passenger side bc of location of the glovebox. I think it should work out just fine.
I just installed mine yesterday. I used the ghost antenna and the antenna mount that it came with (bought the bundle). just fyi, if you run it from the passenger side rear, down the only available grommet in the hatch, it won't reach the glove compartment. I had to reroute it to the center console.
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I just installed mine yesterday. I used the ghost antenna and the antenna mount that it came with (bought the bundle). just fyi, if you run it from the passenger side rear, down the only available grommet in the hatch, it won't reach the glove compartment. I had to reroute it to the center console.
ah crap that sucks. i really appreciate the heads up! i wonder how much loss i would incur if i attached a short coax jumper.
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Use a low loss cable. I used a Diamond lip mount to put mine on the hatch and ran a 10ft low loss coax to get all the way up to behind the dash.

Amazon.com: 10 ft Low-Loss Coaxial Extension Cable (50 Ohm) SMA Male to SMA Female Connector, GEMEK Pure Copper Coax Cables - Antenna Lead Extender for 3G/4G/5G/LTE/ADS-B/Ham/GPS/WiFi/RF Radio Use (Not for TV): Electronics
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Use a low loss cable. I used a Diamond lip mount to put mine on the hatch and ran a 10ft low loss coax to get all the way up to behind the dash.
do you have the part number for that specific diamond lip mount? that actually may solve my problem...i havent been able to find the right mount for the 5th gen trail rails and i wanted my antenna up high and not on the hood.

thanks for the link to the cable as well!

what antenna are you running?
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Here's the lip mount...

Amazon.com: Diamond K400S-NMO Lip mount, 2-axis adjustable Antenna Vehicle Mount: Car Electronics

I've got both the Midland 3db ghost antenna (the shorty) and 6db whip antenna (previous pic).
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